Independent Foundations

Private foundations make grants based on charitable endowments. The endowment funds come from one or a small handful of sources -- an individual, a family or a corporation. Because of their endowments, they are focused primarily on grantmaking and generally do not raise funds or seek public financial support the way public charities (like community foundations) must.

Private independent foundations are distinct from private family or corporate foundations in that an independent foundation is not governed by the benefactor, the benefactor’s family or a corporation. Of the largest private foundations in the United States, most are independent foundations, although they may have begun as family foundations or were converted from corporate foundations. There is no official IRS or legal definition of independent foundations, so it is difficult to arrive at statistics that are fully representative of the field.

Below is everything on our site for independent foundations. You can use the filtering options on the right to narrow these results.

All Programming

 





  • All Days

  • Saturday, April 22

  • Sunday, April 23

  • Monday, April 24

  • Tuesday, April 25

  • Wednesday, April 26

Saturday, April 22

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 1


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

Sunday, April 23

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundations Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 2


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collaborate & Innovate: Equalizing the Playing Field of Black Business Ownership in the U.S.


Emerald, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within the Philanthropic Sector


Topaz, Lobby Level

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Future of Immigration and the Role of Philanthropy


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grantmaking into Latin America: Regulatory Challenges, Strategic Partnerships, and Emerging Opportunities


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Philanthropy's Role in Strengthening America's Democracy


Sapphire, Lobby Level

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ABFE Presidents & CEOs Reception


Obelisk B , Mezzanine Level

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Attendee Welcome Reception


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating Reasons for Hope Networking Reception


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

Monday, April 24

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wellness Powerwalk


7:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary: Philanthropy's Role in Vibrant Communities


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Chair Massage


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

100&Change: The Surprising Challenges of a $100 Million Grant Competition


Miro, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Developments in Healthcare Coverage and Implications for Funders


Topaz, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development for Whom?


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Foundations to Improve Behavioral Health Policy


Monet, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FreshLo - Blending Food, Culture, and Creative Placemaking to Invigorate Communities


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Safe Is My Gift? How Safe Should it Be? Charitable Gift Assets in Bankruptcies, Clawbacks and Litigation Claims


Monte Carlo, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investing in the Arts: Three Models for Creating Community in Mexico


Sapphire, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Six Ideas to Strengthen Community


Emerald, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tax Reform in the 115th Congress


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Global Framework for Mission Related Investment in Energy


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bachman Lake Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Board, Career Pathways Alumni, & Working Group Thank You Lunch


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Square - Cottages at Hickory Crossing Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Grantmaking Into China: A Closed-Door Dialogue on Strategies under New Foreign NGO Law


Manchester, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: Mindful Messaging: Getting Inside the Brain of Your Audience


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: ESG Framework Investment Approach


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2020 Census: What's At Stake for Philanthropy


Miro, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Adaptive Community Leadership


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Amplifying the Foundation's Mission Through Impact Investing: the President's Perspective


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Audiences for the Arts


Sapphire, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability


Monte Carlo, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From Ivory Tower to Neighborhood: the Academy and Community Development


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Funding Food, Water, and Women Across Silos and Across Movements


Monet, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Leading Through Times of Change


Topaz, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


Emerald, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Value Chain Coordination to Build Food System Infrastructure: Food LINC


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: Can Foundations Influence Legislation Without Incurring Tax or Jeopardizing Exempt Status?


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


Manchester, Mezzanine Level

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership in Action: Sports Philanthropy in Action and on Impact


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speed Networking


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: More Efficient Grantmaking and Knowledge Building


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Networking Reception at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science


Tuesday, April 25

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wellness Meditation and Discussion


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with C.D. Glin


Topaz, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Mary McClymont


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sandy Vargas


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sherece West-Scantlebury


Emerald, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Tony Pipa


Sapphire, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Leadership in Action: Harnessing Tragedy to Build a Better Community - Dallas's Leaders Reflect


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Local Collaboration on Global Goals - Bridging Sectors for Collective Impact


Monet, Mezzanine Level

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Chair Massage


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Accelerating Resilient Water Systems through Impact Investing and Philanthropy


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Community Foundations Disruptions


Emerald, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Faces Race


Monet, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Equity in Action


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excellent Art in Rural America


Sapphire, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

International Grantmaking in the Trump Era


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Data to Inform Strategy


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Salon Discussion with 2017 HUD Secretary's Award Winners: Excellence in Public Partnerships


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Selling Social Change: The Case for Funding Demand Generation


Miro, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Employment: Advancing the Youth Workforce Pipeline through Public-Private Partnerships


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Annual Meeting of the Members & Council Awards


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Site Session


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting Diverse Talent


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Better and Stronger Together: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Conquering Philanthropic Divide: A New Model for Cross Sector Impact in Rural Regions


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award Salon


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funding at the Intersection of Arts Education Advocacy, Policy, and Program Delivery


Sapphire, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors: The Foundations of Transnational Community


Emerald, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

How to Simplify Grantmaking with Data Sharing Tools


Manchester, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from the World to Build a Healthy Future Together


Topaz, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Foundation Investment and Finance Issues Beyond the First 100 Days


Monet, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Importance of Community Foundation National Standards: A Discussion with Leaders in the Accreditation Field


Miro, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water STEPS: Water Scarcity, Trade, Energy, Politics and Security


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Lab: Café Momentum


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tackling Life's Impossibilities: The Giving Pledge and Ambitious Philanthropy in the 21st c.


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Global Philanthropy Reception and Dinner


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Out @ #COFAnnual: The LGBTQ and Ally Reception


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

Wednesday, April 26

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wellness Powerwalk


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: How Do You Incorporate Equity into Your Philanthropy?


Monet, Mezzanine Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: Philanthropy Responds to Gun Violence in Chicago


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: Steps Towards Sustainable Seafood


Topaz, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: The Intersection of Sports and Philanthropy


Emerald, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: Using Collaborative Grantmaking to Reduce Gun Violence in the US


Sapphire, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leadership in Action: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally - Philanthropy Leading Together on Complex Issues


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learning Lab: NGOsource - The Power of Partnership


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Changing the Culture to Prevent Suicide


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Developing Authentic Relationships with Grantees


Miro, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leveraging Federal Investments to Foster Sustainability in Communities: Lessons Learned and Lessons Earned


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Data on International Giving: Opportunities for U.S. Philanthropy to Engage Globally


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oil Spill: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Philanthropy in America's Sea


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Voice in the Public Policy Sphere: The Time Is Now


Monet, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Real Change for Families: Community Foundations Helping to Create Family Economic Security


Emerald, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Serving Communities by Sharing What We Know


Topaz, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design


Sapphire, Lobby Level

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Chair Massage


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 1


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundations Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 2


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collaborate & Innovate: Equalizing the Playing Field of Black Business Ownership in the U.S.


Emerald, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within the Philanthropic Sector


Topaz, Lobby Level

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Future of Immigration and the Role of Philanthropy


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grantmaking into Latin America: Regulatory Challenges, Strategic Partnerships, and Emerging Opportunities


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Philanthropy's Role in Strengthening America's Democracy


Sapphire, Lobby Level

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ABFE Presidents & CEOs Reception


Obelisk B , Mezzanine Level

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Attendee Welcome Reception


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating Reasons for Hope Networking Reception


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wellness Powerwalk


7:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary: Philanthropy's Role in Vibrant Communities


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Chair Massage


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

100&Change: The Surprising Challenges of a $100 Million Grant Competition


Miro, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Developments in Healthcare Coverage and Implications for Funders


Topaz, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development for Whom?


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Foundations to Improve Behavioral Health Policy


Monet, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FreshLo - Blending Food, Culture, and Creative Placemaking to Invigorate Communities


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Safe Is My Gift? How Safe Should it Be? Charitable Gift Assets in Bankruptcies, Clawbacks and Litigation Claims


Monte Carlo, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investing in the Arts: Three Models for Creating Community in Mexico


Sapphire, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Six Ideas to Strengthen Community


Emerald, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tax Reform in the 115th Congress


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Global Framework for Mission Related Investment in Energy


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bachman Lake Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Board, Career Pathways Alumni, & Working Group Thank You Lunch


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Square - Cottages at Hickory Crossing Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Grantmaking Into China: A Closed-Door Dialogue on Strategies under New Foreign NGO Law


Manchester, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: Mindful Messaging: Getting Inside the Brain of Your Audience


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: ESG Framework Investment Approach


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2020 Census: What's At Stake for Philanthropy


Miro, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Adaptive Community Leadership


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Amplifying the Foundation's Mission Through Impact Investing: the President's Perspective


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Audiences for the Arts


Sapphire, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability


Monte Carlo, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From Ivory Tower to Neighborhood: the Academy and Community Development


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Funding Food, Water, and Women Across Silos and Across Movements


Monet, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Leading Through Times of Change


Topaz, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


Emerald, Lobby Level

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Value Chain Coordination to Build Food System Infrastructure: Food LINC


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: Can Foundations Influence Legislation Without Incurring Tax or Jeopardizing Exempt Status?


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


Manchester, Mezzanine Level

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership in Action: Sports Philanthropy in Action and on Impact


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speed Networking


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Lab: More Efficient Grantmaking and Knowledge Building


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Networking Reception at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science


7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wellness Meditation and Discussion


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with C.D. Glin


Topaz, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Mary McClymont


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sandy Vargas


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sherece West-Scantlebury


Emerald, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Tony Pipa


Sapphire, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Leadership in Action: Harnessing Tragedy to Build a Better Community - Dallas's Leaders Reflect


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Local Collaboration on Global Goals - Bridging Sectors for Collective Impact


Monet, Mezzanine Level

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Chair Massage


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Accelerating Resilient Water Systems through Impact Investing and Philanthropy


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Community Foundations Disruptions


Emerald, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Faces Race


Monet, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Equity in Action


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excellent Art in Rural America


Sapphire, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

International Grantmaking in the Trump Era


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Data to Inform Strategy


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Salon Discussion with 2017 HUD Secretary's Award Winners: Excellence in Public Partnerships


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Selling Social Change: The Case for Funding Demand Generation


Miro, Mezzanine Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Employment: Advancing the Youth Workforce Pipeline through Public-Private Partnerships


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Annual Meeting of the Members & Council Awards


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Site Session


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting Diverse Talent


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Better and Stronger Together: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Conquering Philanthropic Divide: A New Model for Cross Sector Impact in Rural Regions


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award Salon


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funding at the Intersection of Arts Education Advocacy, Policy, and Program Delivery


Sapphire, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors: The Foundations of Transnational Community


Emerald, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

How to Simplify Grantmaking with Data Sharing Tools


Manchester, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from the World to Build a Healthy Future Together


Topaz, Lobby Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Foundation Investment and Finance Issues Beyond the First 100 Days


Monet, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Importance of Community Foundation National Standards: A Discussion with Leaders in the Accreditation Field


Miro, Mezzanine Level

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water STEPS: Water Scarcity, Trade, Energy, Politics and Security


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Lab: Café Momentum


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tackling Life's Impossibilities: The Giving Pledge and Ambitious Philanthropy in the 21st c.


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Global Philanthropy Reception and Dinner


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Out @ #COFAnnual: The LGBTQ and Ally Reception


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wellness Powerwalk


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: How Do You Incorporate Equity into Your Philanthropy?


Monet, Mezzanine Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: Philanthropy Responds to Gun Violence in Chicago


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: Steps Towards Sustainable Seafood


Topaz, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: The Intersection of Sports and Philanthropy


Emerald, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable: Using Collaborative Grantmaking to Reduce Gun Violence in the US


Sapphire, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leadership in Action: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally - Philanthropy Leading Together on Complex Issues


Wedgewood, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learning Lab: NGOsource - The Power of Partnership


Tower Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Changing the Culture to Prevent Suicide


Senators Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Developing Authentic Relationships with Grantees


Miro, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


Obelisk A, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leveraging Federal Investments to Foster Sustainability in Communities: Lessons Learned and Lessons Earned


Morocco, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Data on International Giving: Opportunities for U.S. Philanthropy to Engage Globally


Metropolitan, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oil Spill: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Philanthropy in America's Sea


Governors Lecture Hall, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Voice in the Public Policy Sphere: The Time Is Now


Monet, Mezzanine Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Real Change for Families: Community Foundations Helping to Create Family Economic Security


Emerald, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Serving Communities by Sharing What We Know


Topaz, Lobby Level

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design


Sapphire, Lobby Level

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wellness Chair Massage


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America


Chantilly Ballroom, Lobby Level


The Council’s Public-Philanthropic Partnership Office hosted a webinar for funders only with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families to help foundations understand the regular programs and goals of the agency. 

The Council on Foundations offices will be closed from December 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017. During this time, Council staff is available to assist our members with their time-sensitive needs. Please dial the membership line directly at 703-879-0645 or email Membership at membership@cof.org.

This past Friday a diverse group of philanthropic leaders gathered in New York City to discuss the unexpected election results, what those results mean for our nation and what they mean for our work, both individually and as a sector. The meeting, convened by the Council on Foundations and hosted by the Ford Foundation, included representatives of private foundations, community foundations and corporate grant makers who came from all four time zones of the country. As you will see from the notes below, the group was diverse in every way, including diversity of perspective.

View from space of sunrise over the earth

2017 will be a year of change, as orthodoxies in the field get tested and philanthropy steps up and into a more prominent national role.


In early December 2016, the Chinese government released the official and final version of their new Guidelines on Organizational Registration and Temporary Activities Reporting. These guidelines provide needed information for compliance with the 2016 Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China (Overseas NGO Law).

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • Update on Tax Reform Progression in the Senate
  • Charitable Giving Coalition Sends Letter to President-elect Trump
  • Final Chinese Overseas NGO Law Guidelines Released
  • States Acting to Address Budget Challenges
  • Princeton Settlement Spawns Copycat Property Tax Exemption Challenge

American Flag

The American public is divided in its attitudes toward important national issues, and historic allegiances have shifted.


Abraham Lincoln

"In this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed." ~ Abraham Lincoln